Airlines report GPS signal jamming: Russia gets the blame

April 1, 2024
GPS interference is hitting aircraft navigation systems in the Baltics as well as in other conflict regions, Tommaso Lecca writes for Politico.

BRUSSELS - Airplanes flying over the Baltic region are reporting an increasing number of missing or fake GPS signals — and Russia is seen as the likeliest culprit, Tommaso Lecca writes for PoliticoContinue reading original article.

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

1 April 2024 - Lecca reports in their piece that GPS jamming has been taking place in continental Europe with a focus on Russia's Kaliningrad exclave. The 86-square-mile patch of Russia located between Poland and Lithuania on the Balitic coast is of significant military interest to the Kremlin.

“Russia is regularly attacking the aircraft, passengers, and sovereign territory of NATO countries,” said Dana Goward, president of the U.S.-based Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation, a GPS users lobby group.

“It is a real threat,” Goward warned. “There is one instance of accidentally jamming we know of that almost resulted in a passenger aircraft impacting a mountain,” he said, referring to a case reported by NASA in 2019.

“During the first two months of 2024, EVAIR recorded high increases in GPS outages reports. In absolute figures we received 985 GPS outages compared with 1,371 for the whole of 2023," Eurocontrol said, adding that there were almost seven times more incidents in the first two months of this year compared to the first two months of 2023.

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Jamie Whitney, Senior Editor
Military + Aerospace Electronics

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